With intelligence agencies warning of a terror attack ahead of the Commonwealth Games, the Home Ministry has decided to put Delhi and other cities on a high alert during the upcoming festive season.
Government sources said the police had been cautioned about potential threats emanating from terrorist outfits such as the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, particularly in context of the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
The Home Ministry has been emphasising to the state governments for about six months that they too, and not just Delhi, could be on the radar of terrorists in view of the Commonwealth Games.
If the idea is to present India as an unsafe destination for the Games, it would serve the purpose of terrorists to attack anywhere in India, not just Delhi, a government source said.
States that are particularly expected to be high on their radar are being individually sensitised about the threats.
The advisory has asked states to be more vigilant and check crowded public places like markets, railway stations, bus terminals and parks besides other places of mass gathering, he said.
The Home Ministry has also compiled a list of potential targets and advised on what to look our for.
The Centre has asked state governments to take all possible steps to foil attempts by militant groups, particularly Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, to disrupt peace during ongoing Ramzan and the upcoming festivals of Raksha Bandhan and Onam.